Then a letter came to Jehoram from Elijah the prophet, saying: “This is what the LORD God of your ancestor David says: ‘Because you have not walked in the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or in the ways of Asa king of Judah but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, have caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves like the house of Ahab prostituted itself, and also have killed your brothers, your father’s family, who were better than you, the LORD is now about to strike your people, your sons, your wives, and all your possessions with a horrible affliction.'” – 2 Chronicles 21:12
Have you ever gone to the mailbox and received a letter that you knew you didn’t want to open? Or, rather seen an email pop up that you knew might lead to a difficult conversation and chose to ignore it? Maybe it was a bill that you knew you would have difficulty paying. Perhaps it was a note from someone you feared you had offended. Whatever the medium, the return address was enough to spark a visceral, personal, uncomfortable response. Whatever the reason, we have all had these type of experiences, but can you imagine how Jehoram (the evil king of Judah) felt when he received a letter from THE prophet Elijah? Yeah, busted.
The Scriptures are, in effect, a letter from God to us all. The multiple messages within their pages can often be very difficult to read and, perhaps, this is why so many rarely read them. For a time it may seem easier to avoid the encounter altogether than to embrace the truth therein.
While the avoidance of truth may allow us to claim ignorance, it will not allow us to avoid personal fault. God has written. We must read.
I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me – they’re cramming for their final exam. – George Carlin